The box was ultimately returned to the B and B where we had stayed. We did more research and prevailed upon the B and B owners to re-send it to us. They shipped it 2-day through Royal Mail and marked it "collectibles." This was still not the right thing to do, and it was scanned to determine what the collectibles were, and then it was returned again to the B and B as it was alcohol.
Does anyone have ideas that do not require a plane ticket? We are willing to try one more time to ship, but we'd like to maximize our chance of success. It is 9 bottles and we've tried to ship them together, should we split it up? What should we declare it as, since "collectibles" was wrong? Should we ship it to a business address instead of our home? Should we give up? I've read through the other shipping threads, but most questions are about buying from existing stores, or they are several years old.
All help and advice are appreciated.
When I buy whisky from Royal Mile Whiskies they ship it here (Illinois) as "Collectors Malt". I don't know how as an individual it can be sent but that's how RMW's does it. My first time through Scotland I did drag lots of bottles from train to ferry to train, etc. but I did manage to get them on the plane and home in one piece. As a public transport traveler I learned to buy the bulk of my whisky at the end of my trips to Scotland and fly them home.
Technically, what you're trying to do is illegal under US law. It's not legal to have whiskies shipped to you from overseas unless you hold a federal importer's license (which you can't qualify for unless you're actually in the business of importing alcoholic beverages). You can bring in as much as you want for personal use as long as you bring it through Customs yourself, declare it, and pay any duties.
That said...the "collector's malt" routine is commonplace and has been known to work. There are some online retailers who will try to get whiskies to you in the US, but you run the risk of having them returned to the sender as yours were...or just having them confiscated completely.
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